Episode #109/110 - 6-12/13

The Fiction Makers

Sylvia Syms - Amos Klein
Justine Lord - Galaxy Rose
Kenneth J. Warren - Warlock
Philip Locke - Frug
Tom Clegg - Monk
Nicholas Smith - Bishop
Roy Hanlon - Nero Jones
Caron Gardner - Carol Henley
Frank Maher - Rip Savage
Anthony Blackshaw - Morgan

Directed by Roy Baker; Screenplay & Story by John Kruse; Additional Scenes & Dialogue by Harry W. Junkin (pdf Screenplay and Dialogue Continuity Script on Umbrella DVD)

Hermetico is an high security complex for valuable objects located in Wales. Because it seems impossible to break in a gangster devises an ingenious plan: let the author of famous crime novels find a way! He therefore builds a crime organization after the model of SWORD from the books and names himself Warlock.
When Templar is visiting Klein (who is in reality a woman) both get kidnapped. The Saint is mistaken for Amos Klein and now has to think about a plan to break into Hermetico.
A synopsis with pictures on Volcano Seven

OPINION: Just as John Kruse mentions below, this episode is unfortunately more of comedy version of The Saint.

* Sylvia Syms also appears in Episodes #29 "The Noble Sportsman", #42 "Jeaninne" and #99 "The Best Laid Schemes"
* Justine Lord also appears in Episodes #23 "The Saint Plays With Fire", #26 "The Bunco Artists", #45 "The Saint Steps In", #49 "The Imprudent Politician" and #63 "The Chequered Flag"
* Kenneth J. Warren also appears in Episode #112 "Where the Money Is". He also appears in the episode "The Old, the New and the Deadly" of The Persuaders
* Caron Gardner also appears in Episodes #39 "The Saint Sees it through" and #96 "The Power Artists"
* Frank Maher also appears in Episode #82 "Paper Chase"
* Anthony Blackshaw also appears in Episode #107 "The House on Dragon's Rock"
* Was also shown in theatres across Europe and as TV films in the US.
If the person of Amos Klein is meant to be a secret - why does she freely admit it to Templar - without even knowing who he is? (0:12)
The background is just a painting of the landscape. (0:32)
The Hermetico complex is just a matte painting. (0:33)
The old trick: the long corridor is a painting. (0:70)
This is supposed to be a infrared beam - but it seems to be just a red rod. (0:75)
A little bit nitpicking: Warlock's men use telescope technique for the length - but how did they know the width of it? (0:94)
* Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Production Supervisor Peter Manley on the network DVD

Leslie Charteris: <<"The Fiction Makers" fulfills all the promise of the synopsis, and the dialogue has a crisp sparkle which has all too often been lacking in other scripts. [...] But it is simply a splendid job. I hope there will be a lot more scripts like this.>> (Barer, p.136)

John Kruse: <<... I was a little disappointed at the way it was filmed. I felt they made it too jokey. The Americans would have played the heavies straight while they were trying to be funny - sort of buffoonery - and that took all the tension out of it and spoiled it. [...]
The Fiction-Makers was composed in the way that I most like to compose a story. I had two ideas - nothing whatsoever to with each other - both of which I very much liked, and suddenly I saw a way to put them together. When that happens you have a very firm basis for a story.>> (Simper, p.40)

John Kruse about Junkin's "additional scenes": <<I never quite discovered [...] what the hell he added to The Fiction-Makers.>> (Simper, p.38)

Roy Ward Baker: <<It was very ambitious in its production values and, I'm afraid, was far too rushed. It was shot in about 18 days. There really wasn't time to think and the coverage [...] wasn't as full as it should have been. [...]
Quite honestly, I don't think I did a particularly good job on that one. I don't think I brought out the satirical line at all well. To me it looked like an imitation Bond picture rather than a send-up. But there was also always a limit as to how far you could do a send-up in The Saint series. [...]
But certainly the original idea in John Kruse's script was extremely good. I don't think the cast was as good as it could have been. There were one or two deficiencies. Not enough personality.>> (Simper, p.52)

UK: 8th and 15th December 1968

Hermetico - Die unsichtbare Region

* VHS (PAL): PolyGram 0547363 (1997)
* DVD (NTSC): AAE-70469 (2002)
* DVD (PAL): network 7952473g (2006)


Last Updated: 12/22/2007